Across the US, about 30% of all college students are first-generation college students, and that trend is carrying over to highly-selective, historically powerful schools.
While these universities confer many opportunities to their students, most universities lack a nuanced understanding of how to best support this growing population. Students need programming and opportunities to explore how their presence at an elite school affects their lives, families, home communities, and the new powerful sphere they now have access to.
By building an inter-Ivy, first-generation college student network, not only can we connect researchers to practitioners and create institutional change, but we can mobilize a group of students who are uniquely bicultural - who know the needs of some marginalized communities in the US and beyond, and who now have the social capital to make a positive change in the communities that need it the most.
If we all move together, how can we not move this country forward?